Man Who Embezzled Ambulance Funds Sentenced

September 7, 2018

WILKES-BARRE — A Plains Twp. man who admitted embezzling more than $100,000 from the township ambulance association was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in the Intermediate Punishment Program. Paul Zabriski, 60, pleaded guilty to a single felony count of theft in February, admitting he stole money that should have been deposited into the ambulance association’s bank accounts. Prosecutors said Zabriski established himself as the exclusive caterer for the facility and was supposed to split proceeds from events held at the banquet facility — but he instead kept the money. Luzerne County Judge Joseph F. Sklarosky Jr. sentenced Zabriski on Wednesday to IPP, a program that allows offenders to remain out of prison but under strict guidelines and conditions. Zabriski must serve the first six months on house arrest with electronic monitoring. The judge also ordered Zabriski to pay $116,303 in restitution. So far, Zabriski has repaid $60,000 of the money he stole. — JAMES HALPIN

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